Richard Hum


Richard has a diverse educational and professional background. He holds an MA in Networked Communication, a BS in Earth Science, and is currently completing his PhD in Cross-cultural Communication.  Professionally he has extensive experience in online education- specifically in development and delivery of mixed face-to-face and at-distance content. His research reflects this diverse background and utilizes mixed qualitative and quantitative methodologies to explore social ecological, or environmental, systems.

By attempting to more fully understand the processes of cross-cultural communication and institutional, or organizational, reform, Richard’s work advocates for greater Urban-Rural communication in times of rapid environmental change. More generally, his research is focused on understanding spatially grounded communication networks in order to maintaining cultural diversity while increasing connectivity and improving community wellbeing and self-reliance during times of rapid social-ecological change. In whimsical terms, he is interested in anything to do with how people interact and communicate with the environments they inhabit.

Here is a VoiceThread introduction to my work.

Courses Taught:

CCS 690: International Seminar in Indigenous Education

CCS 693: Talking in Circles-- cross cultural communication in the age of social media (an Introductory VoiceThread)

CCS 693: Net Making-- networked governance in the Pan Arctic

Recent Publications

Hum, R. E. (2013). Online social media as a social-ecological systems research tool: Facebook and two rural Alaskan communities. UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS.
Taylor, K., Hum, R.E., Kontar,Y., (in Press) Comparative Analysis of Virtual Relief Networks and Communication Channels During Disaster Recovery After a Major Flood in Galena, Alaska, Spring 2013. Communicating Climate-Change and Natural Hazard Risk and Cultivating Resilience: Case Studies for a Multi-disciplinary Approach. Springer.
Bierman, M., Hillmer-Pegram, K., Knapp, K.N., Hum, R.E. (in Press). Approaching a Critical Turn? A Content Analysis of the Politics of Resilience in Key Bodies of Resilience Literature. Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses.

Professional Presentations
Considering Social Media in Resilience Research: Facebook and a rainstorm, Resilience 2014, May 2014, Montpellier, France
Communicating Sustainability: Facebook Your Way to a Sustainable Future, understanding the social networks we communicate in. Alaska Forum on the Environment, February 2013, Anchorage, Alaska.
Social Media and Alaska Native Corporations: Adapting to Climate Change. Western States Communication Association 2013 annual conference. February 2013, Reno, Nevada
Social Media and a “Super-Storm” Along the Alaskan Bering Sea Coast. Northwest Communication Association 2013 annual conference. April 2011. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Lines and Patterns in Nature: Placed-based learning through videoconference. International Society of Educational Technology. June 2010. Philadelphia, PA

Mystery Sleuths: Inquiry-based Learning Connecting Students to Place via Videoconference. Alaska Society of Educational. February 2010. Anchorage, AK 


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